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July 23, 2018

DOMINIC A. RAPINI OP-ED | Immigration - The Walmart Solution

by Dominic A. Rapini | Jul 23, 2018 8:54pm
Posted to: Congress | DC News Junkie | Election 2018 | Immigration | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion

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It is not complicated — solve the immigration problem on conservative terms or it will be solved for us — Republicans won’t like the other solution.

With one piece of legislation, we can craft a solution that will save the United States hundreds of billions of dollars in deportation costs, end the civil war created by sanctuary cities, and develop programs based on merit and the economic needs of our country. How? Walmart can save the day.

Let’s be clear: no solution is possible until we build the wall, eject the criminal illegals, end the visa lottery, and limit chain migration to immediate family. With these goals obtained — then we can begin to develop a solution for the 10M to 30M immigrants here illegally in the US. Illegals that came here against US Law but were allowed to stay because of our lack of courage and conviction to follow through on our laws. At an estimated deportation cost of $10,000 each it would cost up to $300 billion dollars to deport everyone. Why would we even do that? They are baked into our economy, they are our friends and neighbors, here because we allowed them to stay.

Instead of spending $300 billion to deport people, rip apart families and disrupt our economy, let’s send everyone to Walmart. Ninety percent of all illegal immigrants live within 10 miles of Walmart. Walmart is where families shop for clothing, household needs, and food. Imagine a private-public partnership with Walmart that establishes Freedom Centers within each of their stores. Small stores-within-a-store much like the H&R Block pop-up stores found within Walmarts each tax season.

Staffed with trained government employees, Freedom Centers would be the location where Illegal Immigrants come to register with the United States to gain legal status in our country. They must fulfill minimum requirements. They cannot have felonies or a DUI conviction. Applicants must be able to speak English, show documentation from their country of origin, be off social welfare programs, and pay a fee. Once registered they can legally get jobs, pay taxes, get a legal drivers license. They cannot vote nor have a path to citizenship. To become citizens, they must follow current US Law, leave the country and re-enter as legal immigrants.

Does it have to be Walmart? No, it can be any retailer that has a national footprint and an interest in being part of the immigration solution. What retailer doesn’t want to be the hero in this story? Plus, they get to sell a lot of ‘bread and milk’ to these families. In other words, it’s good business. In the end, we have a solution that involves the US Government and a business partner. It is self-funding with fees and savings from not deporting people. This is a solution that will unify our country and give us the freedom we need to conquer other pressing issues. Let’s get it done and eliminate one of the greatest wedge issues of our time.

Dominic A. Rapini is a Republican candidate for United States Senate.

DISCLAIMER: Paid for by Dominic for U.S. Senate, Michele Berardo, Treasurer. The views, opinions, positions, or strategies expressed by the author are theirs alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or positions of CTNewsJunkie.com.

April 26, 2018

OP-ED | Now Is Not The Time To Increase The Minimum Wage

by Wayne Pesce and Scott Dolch | Apr 26, 2018 11:32pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Jobs | Labor | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion

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As anyone who owns a business in Connecticut can attest to, the high cost of doing business in our state and genuine fear of superfluous policy decisions driven by pressing budget problems, is no recipe for success or growth.

The Legislature is currently considering a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage above the current $10.10 per hour. For Connecticut’s grocery stores and restaurants, whose combined workforce consists of tens of thousands of hourly employees, the costs are steep.

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March 11, 2018

OP-ED | $15 Minimum Wage Has Unintended Consequences

by William Geiger | Mar 11, 2018 10:35pm
Posted to: Aging | Jobs | Labor | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Elderly Care

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Most business owners are in favor of paying higher wages to their workers if it makes business sense. There are obvious benefits to a well-paid workforce, but some businesses — especially those reliant on government funding — would be put at a disadvantage if the Connecticut minimum wage is increased too quickly.

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September 13, 2017

Fiscal Dynamics | The State Budget vs. Household Budget Argument

by Brian Sullivan | Sep 13, 2017 11:08pm
Posted to: Analysis | Business | Consumer Protection | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Financial Sector

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People often compare the state budget to a household budget. We hear it all the time:

“If I ran my household like the state, I’d be broke!”

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OP-ED | Dominion Won’t Open Its Books, But It’s Ready To Do A Number On The State Budget & Consumers

by Matt Fossen | Sep 13, 2017 7:57pm
Posted to: Business | Consumer Protection | Energy | Environment | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Energy Sector

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As state leaders reach the home stretch around the negotiating table, several ideas are in the mix to help Connecticut bridge its budget gap. One proposal stands out not only as bad policy but also as a direct hit to residents and businesses.

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August 31, 2017

OP-ED | A Question For Us All - How Much Pain Is Too Much?

by Tia Murphy | Aug 31, 2017 2:00pm
Posted to: Health Care | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health

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Connecticut’s older residents have been hit with cuts to services that help them live independently in their own home on a yearly basis: new co-pays and co-pay increases to the CT Home Care Program for Elders, cuts to services that prevent short-term institutionalization and family respite, a new enrollment freeze on the CT Home Care Program for Elders that denies seniors access to critical care at home, and more.

Now, they must brace for another series of cuts.

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August 11, 2017

OP-ED | CCM Initiatives Reflect Municipal Leaders’ Commitment To Collectivity

by Joe DeLong | Aug 11, 2017 6:41am
Posted to: Analysis | Economic Development | Equality | Town News | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | State Budget | Taxes | State Capitol

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Something remarkable happened last fall in a crowded conference room in Meriden. Municipal leaders from across the state gathered to discuss community-based economic growth with reform from the General Assembly. The committee, on the heels of a discussion point, were taking a short break when Leo Paul, First Selectman of Litchfield, began to speak.

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August 8, 2017

OP-ED | Let’s Recycle More Plastic Bags and Wraps

by Wayne Pesce | Aug 8, 2017 11:30pm
Posted to: Business | Environment | Opinion | Sponsored Opinion

It’s time to recycle more plastics.

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June 27, 2017

OP-ED | Increase Revenue To Save Medicaid And Other Basic Services For People With Disabilities

by Lisa Abbey-James | Jun 27, 2017 10:00pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Health Care | Mental Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Disability Care | Poverty | State Budget | Taxes

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I have severe disabilities, including brain injury and spinal cord injury, due to accidents in 1985 and 1992. I write to object to the willingness of some in the legislature to consider raising revenue to balance the state budget but ONLY to save municipalities from cuts, and NOT to prevent further shredding of the safety net for people like me.

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June 22, 2017

OP-ED | Protect Contraceptive Access in Connecticut

by Sarah Croucher | Jun 22, 2017 11:01pm
Posted to: Child Welfare | Congress | Equality | Health Care | Opinion | Health Care Opinion | Sponsored Opinion | Public Health | Poverty | White House

In January, female legislators in Connecticut proposed bills that would protect copay-free access to birth control for insurance plans in our state.

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